Playing with Fire

by Gena Showalter

4.0 Stars

Belle is a Feisty, Funny Heroine

Playing with Fire by Gena Showalter

Reviewed:   September 8,  2009

Genre:   Paranormal Romance

Series:   Tales of an Extraordinary Girl, Book 1

Rating:   4  Stars

Length:   371 Pages

Formats:   Print

Disclosure:   This rating, review, and all included thoughts and comments are my own.

What I Read...

Playing with Fire is classic Showalter, who always manages to deliver an enjoyable read with plucky heroines, sexy heros and a lot of laughs. Belle Jamison drives the paranormal plot of this light urban fantasy. She's a mess - can't hold a job, hates the one she's barely holding on to, and after a bizarre encounter during a break at the coffee shop she works at, she's suddenly commanding the four elements - fire, water, earth, and air. Her life will never be the same again.

Enter the wickedly sexy Rome Masters, a man with his own secrets and definitely his own agenda. He offers to help Belle in exchange for her help with a problem of his - keeping his daughter off the radar of the same groups out to get Belle.

What I Thought...

The plot is interesting and Playing with Fire would be a great book to start a series, because Belle is definitely an appealing heroine with a heck of a heart, and the secondary characters and agency that Rome works for hold a lot of potential for future development. I know that there's a sequel, Twice as Hot, and I can't wait to read it. I hope Showalter keeps going with this one. There were some issues I had with Playing with Fire - I thought the development of the romance was a little odd and forced at the beginning, but it evened out about halfway through. I thought that Belle's reaction to some of the darker results of her power were oddly lacking in emotional repercussions. Still, Playing with Fire is a fun romp and I enjoyed it.


Happy Reading! ~ Tracy

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Reviewed Books by Gena Showalter

Lords of the Underworld, Book 10 Lords of the Underworld, Book 8 Royal House of Shadows, Book 1 Lords of the Underworld, Book 7 Lords of the Underworld, Book 6 Lords of the Underworld, Book 5 Lords of the Underworld, Book 4 Lords of the Underworld, Prequel + Book 3.5 Non-Series (Stand Alone) Non-Series (Stand Alone) Tales of an Extraordinary Girl, Book 2 Tales of an Extraordinary Girl, Book 1 Lords of the Underworld, Book 9

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